Size? Baby is the size of a pumpkin... that's not very helpful! Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes. I also have to mention this because it made me laugh out loud... I get these stats from the bump.com. According to the site, I may be experiencing "lightning crotch". Hahaha. What?!?
Weight Gain? Oh boy. I guess I should be honest. I'm up about 40 pounds. Not as much as I gained with W. And in my defense, I lost all that weight and more after W and it happened somewhat quickly. I'm not banking on that happening again, but I do think lots of my weight gain is attributed to fluid retention. That's my story and I'm sticking with it. I've gotten the twins question and the huge comments once again. But I've also gotten, "You're all baby! I can't even tell you're pregnant from the back." Bless that colleague's heart! She's my new best friend!
Sleep? Well, let's see... I went to bed around 9:30pm last night. By 10pm, I told A that I couldn't sleep. He gave me a back rub and I was able to sleep for 2 hours. 12:30 am, woke up with extreme heartburn (totally my fault - I know better than to drink orange juice before bed). Tossed, turned, rearranged pillows several times. 3:30am, do I hear W? I think so, but he settles himself. Toss and turn a bunch more. Alarm goes off at 5:15am. I think I got about 3 hours of sleep? I'm just so uncomfortable. My back really hurts no matter which way I lay or how many pillows I use.
Movement? Still moving. Mainly at night, while I'm trying to sleep. My wild child/party animal! Lots of hiccups lately.
Food Cravings? Nothing. A has promised me a Chicago style hot dog after giving birth and I'm really looking forward to that!!! :)
Labor signs? Contractions, cramping, LOTS of back pain, and pressure. Baby has dropped.
What I Miss? The usual. No point in listing the same things.
Symptoms? The PUPPP has returned with a vengeance!! I had gotten to a point where I didn't even need the Caladryl and now I'm applying it 3 times per day. I even made myself bleed I was so itchy. Not fun.
Happy or Moody? Happy (although I feel like crap today). So excited to meet this little guy, but also nervous about the birth and W's reaction to having a little brother. W's been extremely sweet. Pointing to the infant seat and saying brother's name, bringing his old toys into the nursery without being asked or provoked, rubbing my belly. But actually having a little brother is completely different than preparing for one. People continuously ask me if W knows and I tell them that he knows "baby", but is completely unprepared for what's about to happen. While I was packing my suitcase on Friday, W pointed to it and said baby's name. I don't think I've been giving W enough credit - he understands so much more than I realize.
Looking Forward To? Baby's debut! Nervous about how big this guy actually is! :O
Best Moment of the Week? So excited to have the nursery done! I sit in there often. :) W usually joins me and we listen to music or read books. Car seat installed, bags packed, snacks have been purchased (priorities!), we're about ready!
I realized that I forgot to take a 38 week photo. So this is the best I can offer - I snapped this last night after I had changed into my comfy clothes and put my hair up. Taken in the bathroom no less. Not at all flattering, but it's all I've got right now. I'll work on getting a better picture.